pam·​per | \ ˈpam-pər How to pronounce pamper (audio) \
pampered; pampering\ ˈpam-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce pampering (audio) \

Definition of pamper

transitive verb

1a : to treat with extreme or excessive care and attention pampered their guests pamper a pet
b : gratify, humor enabled him to pamper his wanderlustNew Yorker
2 archaic : to cram with rich food : glut

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pamperer \ ˈpam-​pər-​ər How to pronounce pamperer (audio) \ noun

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indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings. indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires. indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect. pampered by the amenities of modern living humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims. humored him by letting him tell the story spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering. foolish parents spoil their children baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude. babying students by grading too easily mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare. refused to mollycoddle her malingering son

Examples of pamper in a Sentence

They really pamper their guests at that hotel. She pampered herself with a day at the spa. He was pampered all his life and doesn't know how to function in the real world.
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Recent Examples on the Web Even students who weren’t pampered and sheltered have had to step up and learn a few things. Beth Thames |, al, "It’s homesick season on college campuses," 16 Oct. 2019 The atmosphere at Amazon has been described as Darwinian, where pampering employees the way Google or Facebook does has never been seen as necessary. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Even Jeff Bezos can’t afford to ignore his employees’ climate-change demands," 13 Sep. 2019 Want to be pampered at a minor-league baseball game? Richard Morin, azcentral, "Minor League Baseball team invites negative online reviewer to 'Helen McGuckin Night'," 11 July 2019 The family wishes to thank Marybel, her caretaker for the past couple of months who pampered and spoiled her., "Leona Frenette," 17 Sep. 2019 The Lakers pampered Kobe Bryant for two crucial years, putting an individual star player above the long-term interests of the franchise., "Letters: Women's soccer team is on top of the world, again," 12 July 2019 And there are a few restaurants that go out of their way to pamper our pooches, offering everything from fido food to tail-wagging treats. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Can I have a doggie bag? These pet-friendly restaurants dish up canine cuisine," 1 July 2019 In the real world, even when they are pampered by the most doting of scientists, Erwin contends, selection still exerts a force. Quanta Magazine, "The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity," 16 July 2013 Benji, the dog actor that plays Teo, is a very good boy and is said to be extremely loved and pampered by the actors on set. Rosy Cordero,, "Downton Abbey celebrates International Dog Day with adorable new posters," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pamper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for pamper

Middle English, probably of Dutch origin; akin to Dutch dialect pamperen to pamper

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The first known use of pamper was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pamper.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of pamper

: to treat (someone or something) very well : to give (someone or something) a lot of attention and care


pam·​per | \ ˈpam-pər How to pronounce pamper (audio) \
pampered; pampering

Kids Definition of pamper

: to treat (someone or something) with great care and attention

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